Path and Pavement Bicycles


Which Path & Pavement Bike should I buy?


Path and Pavement bikes are urban bikes that are designed with a greater focus on comfort and style rather than outright speed or durability. The bikes are designed to look good, whilst being easy and comfortable to ride. They prefer conveniences like kick stands, carbon belt drives, and pannier racks rather than the weight savings by not including such additions.

There are a number of different categories including the popular hybrid bike. Hybrid bikes make use of road bike size wheels for increased speed, combined with the durability of a mountain bike frame and components. Using slightly larger tyres combined with a short travel fork, the bike is more comfortable than a regular flat bar road bike. Vintage, Ladies or City bikes allow the rider to be more upright than a conventional bike, and often feature balloon tyres, baskets, fenders and a step through frame for easy dismounting.

Lastly the urban commuter bikes are designed to be efficient, low maintenance and able to withstand the any punishment the urban jungle might throw at it, whether it be pot holes, gutters or crowded bike racks.


Compare Path & Pavement Bikes

City Bike with Solid Fork

Urban Bike with Solid Fork

  • Great all rounder. 
  • Lightweight durable alloy frame
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  • Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Lighter than a mountain bike


  • Slightly heavier than an endurance or flat bar road bike
  • A commuter that will ride on roads, bike lanes and pavements
  • Fast and reliable bike to commute up to 30km
  • Lightweight bike to carry over steps, into garages and storage lockers
City Bike with Front Suspension

Hybrid Bike with Front Suspension  

  • Lighweight durable alloy frame
  • Front suspension adds comfort to the bike and allows it to be ridden on light off road trails
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  •  Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Front suspension adds weight to the bike
  • Not as fast as a Road Bike or a City Bike with Solid Forks
  • Commuter that will occasionally take the bike to dirt roads and fire trails 
  • Sturdy bike to go up and down curbs and a few steps
  • Want the extra comfort of a front suspension
  • Reliable bike to commute up to 30km
Folding Bikes

Folding Bikes

  • Foldable frame takes little space in a garage, car trunk or caravan
  • 20 seconds to fold/unfold the bike
  • Perfect to carry on the bus or train and ride in the city
  • Adjustable seatpost and handlebar match any rider's height
  • Rear rack to carry a bag or purse
  • Small wheels and bike shape not ideal to cover long distances
  • Riders with limited storage capacities 
  • Commuters that take the train or/and bus
  • Caravanist that want a small bike to carry around
Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser Bikes 

  • Perfect bike to cruise around town, beach or back country
  • Upright riding position
  • Alloy frame won't rust
  • Thick tyres add comfort
  • Low maintanence gears and brakes
  • Not ideal as a commuter bike
  • Limited number of gears can make steep uphills hard
  • Limited choice of frame sizes
  • Cruising up and down the beach or down to the cafe
  • Relaxed riding
  • Short to medium duration rides (less than 2 hours)
  • Riders looking for a low maintenence bike
Electric bikes

Electric Bikes

  • Electric motor makes it easier to climb hills and ride around
  • Shorter travel time
  • Lightweight electric bike meaning you can still pedal if battery runs out
  • Upright riding position
  • Electric motor with limited range (25 to 50km)
  • Heavier than a "normal" bike
  • Commuter wanting the extra help of the electric motor to ride to work and not get sweaty in the process.
Tandem bikes

Tandem Bikes

  • Fun for 2 on one bike
  • Allows for a person who doesn't know or can't ride a bike to enjoy the full cycling experience in a safe way
  • Alloy frame keeps the bike light
  • Plenty of adjustment to shorter and taller riders
  • Long wheelbase makes manouvering in tight spaces hard
  • Need to remove both wheels to transport in a car
  • People who would like to ride together on the same bike.
  • People who would like to ride with a companion who may have a disability and unable to ride their own bike.


Latest Path & Pavement Bikes Reviews
Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

By: on 18 October 2016
First ride in and I knew I made the right decision for this bike. Smooth, fast, responsive, very user friendly. I used to race road and mtb competitively 5 years back and I have to admit this bike has blown me away. The only points I can pick on is the ability to change the rear tube should you need to and the hydro brakes dont have a lot of grunt (mind you im 100kg 6'4" bloke and they pulled me up alright) im sure a set of metal-sintered pads will help With the internal 8spd hub it does make it a bit harder to remove the back wheel but im sure with practice it will become easier. Solid 5 star bike, Price, weight, speed, components, and looks.

Polygon Urbano 3.0 Folding Bike

Polygon Urbano 3.0 Folding Bike

By: on 21 September 2016
I wanted something smaller than my Giant mountain bike for taking on trains or throwing in the car. I had been researching folding bikes for maybe a year, and bought the Polygon after seeing someone else with one. It's proved to be exactly what I hoped. Even when not folded it is easier on trains, and folded it takes about half the boot of my Corolla hatch. I'm not a serious cyclist (no lycra to be seen) and both my Giant and my Polygon are entry level bikes, so its fair to compare them. I expected some compromises in making the Polygon foldable, and there are some. Smaller wheels and no shock absorbers mean you feel the bumps a bit more, but I'm riding it on roads and smooth paths and its fine. 7 gears instead of 21 does make a difference to top speed, but thats fine for short rides. The seat is a bit hard, and don't know if I would spend a day riding in it, but I've ridden it for up to an hour and it's done well. I'm not an expert on construction, but some of the cheaper folding bikes I saw looked maybe a bit flimsy. The Polygon doesn't. The website says this bike is a 6 speed but mine is a 7 (not complaining!) I use all the gears, and am glad I went with this one rather than the 3 speed hub model.

Polygon Sierra Oosten - 8 Speed Ladies Cruiser / City Bike - Black

Polygon Sierra Oosten - 8 Speed Ladies Cruiser / City Bike - Black

By: on 13 September 2016
Love my bike guys. Thanks for all of your help. Will be buying a bike for my daughter from you at Christmas too. Cheers.

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